German Claudia Pechstein is the most successful speed skater ever. She won a medal in five consecutive Olympics from 1992 to 2006—nine medals overall, five of them gold—and might've made it six straight had she not been banned by the International Skating Union (ISU) for two years in 2009, for blood doping.…
[Valerie Maltais of Canada competes in a women's 1000m short track speedskating quarterfinal. AP Photo/Bernat Armangue.]
Equipment can be a funny thing in sports, as we've seen with the ongoing Under Armor race suit debacle. But that's nothing compared to what happened in 1996, when the International Skating Union allowed skaters to begin using clap skates (or slap skates, depending on who you ask) in competitions.
Under Armour's latest speedskating suits weren't working well with the U.S. team, so some skaters switched, including Shani Davis. The change didn't do much for him in the individual 1,500-meter race.
U.S. Speedskating has officially requested permission to switch race suits, with a number of skaters convinced the new Under Armour suits are responsible for their underwhelming performances so far.
The U.S. has sucked something fierce in speed skating so far at Sochi. Through more than half of its races, Team USA still hasn't medaled. This is astonishing, because speed skating is traditionally one of the U.S.'s strongest winter sports. One explanation for the dip? As the Wall Street Journal first reported, it…
[Women's 500-meter short track speedskating silver medalist Arianna Fontana of Italy, right, gestures as bronze medalist Park Seung-hi of South Korea, left, and gold medalist Li Jianrou of China pose with their medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics. AP Photo/David Goldman.]
China's Li Jianrou found the perfect place to be in today's women's 500-meter short track final: the back of the pack.
American speed skater Shani Davis is a minor celebrity in America, but he's practically a folk hero in the Netherlands, where speed skating is beloved all year round. According to the Wall Street Journal, Davis is so respected by the Dutch that even his Olympic rival, Koen Verweij, considers him a hero.
Ekaterina Lobysheva is a veteran Russian speed skater, but everything about her run during today's 500m prelims in Sochi today was amateur hour—from the broken starter pistol that let her get away with a second, disqualifying false start, to the broken ice that made her wipe out at the end.
Similar to what The New York Times did for the 100m dash in 2012, The Wall Street Journal has developed a great graphic to show just how much faster the top speed skaters have gotten over the years. The still above is part of an animation pitting every male 500m gold medalist against each other; the 2002 winner (Casey…
[Gold medalist Michel Mulder from the Netherlands jumps in celebration, flanked by silver medalist Jan Smeekens, right, and bronze medalist Ronald Mulder during the flower ceremony for the men's 500-meter speed skating race. AP Photo/David J. Phillip]
The Dutch own speed skating. Over the weekend, Ireen Wust won gold in the women's 3,000, they swept the podium in the men's 5,000 and today they swept the 500. This was a particularly tense set of races because identical twin brothers were jockeying for position. This is a split-screen video of the two Mulder…
Russia came away with a bronze medal in the men's 1,500m short track speed skating event today, and you may have noticed that the guy who brought that medal home, Viktor Ahn, doesn't look very, um, Russian. We can explain.
Russian speed skater Olga Graf took the bronze medal in today's 3,000m event. Afterward, she understandably wanted to cool off a bit. One problem: she forgot that she wasn't wearing anything underneath her suit. Oops!
Sjinkie Knegt, an Olympic-bound speed skater from the Netherlands, graced us this weekend with the greatest speed skating photo of all time when he lost the 5000m relay at ISU European short track speed skating championships to Victor An, a Russian by way of South Korea. Now we can't help but ask one question: Why u…
[The Netherlands' Sjinkie Knegt unloads both barrels on Russia's Victor An after losing the men's 5000m relay at ISU European short track speed skating championships this Sunday. Photo by Robert Michael/Getty Images]
The last time U.S. speed skater Shani Davis lost a 1000-meter race was Dec. 6, 2008 in China. Until today, in Japan.
Olympic speed-skater Joey Cheek dumped billionaire heiress Georgina Bloomberg (NYC's mayor's daughter) while she was in the hospital recovering from a show-jumping accident. Concussion, fractured vertebra, broken heart. [NY Post]